Who doesn’t love a DIY manicure? They are fun, cost-effective and allow you to extend the life of your professional polish or try different colours without leaving the comfort of your home. But we’ve all been there where on occasion everything goes array. Could be you knock over a bottle or your hand slips and there spills your favourite shade of nail polish all over the carpet or couch, or even worse your outfit— yikes! No matter how careful you’ve been sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Now you’ve got an annoying splotch that’s tough to remove since nail polish is literally designed to stain. While the best-case scenario would be to call in a cleaning expert, there are a few tricks that you can use to remove the polish in certain instances if you’re in a pinch.
First and foremost, before doing anything you need to read the label of your garments or accessories. If the fabric is especially delicate or has a fibre content of acetate, triacetate, or modacrylic, do not attempt to remove the stain at home. There’s no home removal method that’s safe for these fabrics. If used they could possibly create holes in the item. More so if your beloved article of clothing is at stake the best move would be to take it to your trusted dry cleaner. Some items and materials like silk and wool will be best handled with professional care.
Nail polish stains can be tough to remove from clothing. The key here with any stain issue is to act quickly. You want to contain the spill and dry it as soon as possible. Avoid rubbing or wiping it as that can push the liquid deeper into the fabric. The safest way to deal with it is to wait until its fully dry.
This method works great on natural fabrics and certain synthetic ones but fabrics like silk and wool may deteriorate. If you’re unsure or hesitant, take it to the cleaners and do not attempt to deal with it at home.
You can use the same technique as above on most upholstery too. However, if the material is is silk or a vintage fabric or anything very delicate, please call in a professional cleaner. Heres, a solution you can try in the event of a spill. Mix a cleaning a solution containing one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of water. Then dab the stain with a cloth. Alternatively for tougher stains apply a small amount of baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes then gently scrub away.
If you’re dealing with leather or suede items you’ll need a different approach. Whether it’s the couch or your favourite pair of shoes or jacket here’s what you can do.
Have you tried any of these methods before? How do you get rid of any nail polish stains? Let us know in the comments below.